This year’s BWCI Junior Maths Team Challenge was held on Monday 24 March in St Helier with teams of four pupils (two each from Year 8 and Year 9) competing in four rounds over the day.
Organiser Kevin Coxshall said: “We had 15 teams from Jersey and Guernsey, the highest number for many years. It is always a fun and challenging event, and the opportunity to go on to represent the islands spurs all the competitors to do their best."
Last year’s winners, from Elizabeth College, Guernsey, came third behind runners-up Guernsey Grammar School and winners Victoria College.
BWCI’s Business Development Manager, Mike Freer, presented the Victoria College team with the BWCI Trophy saying: “We are delighted to be able to continue to sponsor the maths team challenge which tests both the students' ability to solve complex mathematical problems, as well as their skills in working together as a team to work in the most efficient way.
“As always, BWCI are pleased to sponsor this event. As a Channel Island firm of actuaries and consultants it is great to see that the local pool of talented mathematicians remains high.”
BWCI will be continuing to support the team by assisting with the cost of the team's travel to the finals in London later in the year. Where we hope they will enjoy meeting some of the very best young mathematicians from across the UK.
The event is part of a national initiative organised by the UK Mathematics Trust (UKMT) which aims to advance the education of children and young people in mathematics. The charity organises national mathematics competitions and other mathematical enrichment activities for 11-18 year old pupils. Last academic year more than 600,000 pupils from 4,000 schools took part in Britain's biggest national maths competitions.
Each challenge leads into a follow-on Olympiad round and the UKMT runs mentoring schemes and summer schools for high performing students, and trains a team of six to represent the UK in the International Mathematical Olympiad.